By Jackson Cole
Chelsea have ‘revived their interest’ in Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha with Thomas Tuchel looking to sharpen his attack before transfer deadline day.
Todd Boehly has already spent over £180million this summer, however, the Blues are set to announce the £70m signing of defender Wesley Fofana before Thursday’s deadline.
They’ve also been linked with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Tuchel understood to be keen for a focal point for his forward line.
Chelsea are also being linked with a move for Everton winger Anthony Gordon, who is valued at £60m.
However, the Independent reports the German is open for a move for Zaha with classic No.9s at a premium.
Palace have so far been resistant to any attempt for Zaha, and are understood to value the Ivory Coast international at £80m. However, the fact Zaha is in the final year of his contract weakens their hand.
Chelsea had been looking to wrap up a deal for former Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the report says they’re ‘willing to keep their options open’.
It adds that Tuchel wants a forward line that can interchange at pace and Zaha has wanted a move to a ‘Big Six’ club for some time. A lot of the deal depends on the Eagles’ willingness to sell and their asking price.
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Meanwhile, the Independent says Jorge Mendes has returned to Chelsea to investigate whether a deal for Ronaldo is possible but Tuchel is still ‘reluctant’ to bring in the wantaway Manchester United star.
Chelsea have seven points from their opening four Premier League matches this season, beating Leicester 2-1 in their latest outing.
The departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner have reduced Tuchel’s options in the final third.
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